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a seaman's war abbreviated
by Gene Williamson
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
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in memory of those left behind...

under the golden gate bridge
they sailed away to the unknown
unwise unworldly man and boy
in war wagons large and not so large
that ripped through swells and hollows
of a hostile sea inappropriately named pacific
dodging mines and shells and torpedoes
and death defying kamikazes
and the terror of the inevitable typhoons
sleeping topside with flying fish
cursing the moonlight
shaken by the discharge of their own guns
yet by grace by luck and happenstance
most survived the fear the hell
the appalling madness of automated hate
and sailed away from the cinders of victory
on a silent sea that carried them home
under the golden gate bridge
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Reviewed by Carole Mathys 4/5/2011
You always capture a moment or place with you captivating words, Gene...splendid write

Reviewed by Don Juan Amante 4/2/2011
an incredible write
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 4/2/2011
Oh my are something else sweet Gene..your words always make me... sighhh..excellent writing darlin....well done indeed..stay safe and well and remember you sweet man are always in my thoughts and in my heart..always....Hugssss
Love Always,
Chanti Lace xoxoxooxox
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 3/31/2011

A fine tribute to the sailors that fought for our country. Through your words, I can see the horror in this.

Reviewed by Richard King 3/31/2011
Gene, you pack so much into such a small space. The fear of sailing away into the unknown, hostile seas, mines, shells, torpedoes, kamikazes and typhoons. Then discharging their own guns and surviving the fear of Hell.... Well done sir.

Thank you for serving and for sharing the experience. Dick
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 3/31/2011
POWERFUL POEM!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 3/30/2011
a nice remembrance. Morgan
Reviewed by Jon Willey 3/30/2011
To those of you who were there and through providence and chance endured. The hell that is human mechanized conflict has been related in tones of ferocity through the personal horrors you knew, to the majority, the unknowing. Gene, your eyes, your heart and your pen make this a presentation of compassion and lingering pain that your memory will never erase. That some of you survived to keep the memory fresh in the minds of those who might forget, is essential. I bid you peace my dear friend and love. Jon Michael
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 3/30/2011
On a ship I was, then a smaller river boat & to a degree I can identify with this...WW2 must have been so much more worse...glad you made it home...e
Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader) 3/30/2011
succinct poetic scrapbook of wartime reflectiions. great piece gene.
Reviewed by George Carroll 3/30/2011
So much in between the sailings lies untold.

Reviewed by John Flanagan 3/30/2011
It's perfect from first to last, Gene, the sense
of innocence so pervasive; the positive was and is
most of them made it back to the golden gate,
but your heart is with the fallen and the lost.
This is beautiful and it goes into my library.

Reviewed by Christine Tsen 3/30/2011
Brilliant Gene, the way you take us through this experience so fast showing how the madness has simply run amok, the lunacy of it all, and no solid ground beneath them at the end but the sea, the silent sea. Love it!
Reviewed by D Johnson 3/30/2011
I have crossed the Golden Gate quite a few times, but never have I sailed under, especially the way you so eloquently described in your poem.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/30/2011
You have effectively shared the terrifying experience/situation through your verses, Gene. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 3/30/2011
I'm reading the back story to Bloody Sunday in Derry at the moment, Gene. Anything that speaks of the trauma of young life being caught in the fear and crossfire of regime's war sends shockwaves right through me right now. And this brings the reality so horribly close: "the appalling madness of automated hate" speaks of the blind panic that many therein are caught up in. I salute your ability to be so concise here. Interesting lack of capitals and punctuation - highlights the spooling, numbing effect. xx
Reviewed by Paul Berube 3/30/2011
Very well told, Gene.
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